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everybody. , ve a great wednesday. ♪ good morning. i'm theresa garcia live in newark. we have some very disturbing video to give you an up-front view of the robbery of family-friend restaurant. we'll see if you can help the police out here. up ahead. >> also in the headlines, a new policy being considered by san francisco police could force officers to jump and dodge instead of draw and shoot when dealing with moving cars. >> a live look at the ferry building this morning. a clear sky and cooler start again this morning and cooler weather this afternoon. i'll show you the difference between yesterday and today and update you on that. big rain this weekend. >> a new injury crash reported in the south bay. it's actually on the north 280,
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17 connector to 280 but so far traffic seems to be flowing well. >> there's another contract dispute between oakland teachers and the school district. the teachers spoke to the union to call a strike. it is 4:31 on this wednesday. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. you're about to see a disturbing piece of video but newark police hope it will generate the clue that solves a frightening armed robbery at a kid's pizza restaurant. theresa garcia is live at chuck e. cheese in newark with more. this is every parent's nightmare. >> it is. this is a place where you're supposed to feel safe. based on the audacity of this crime, detectives hope it will trigger someone to come forward. it's even more riveting this crime that these gunmen so boltly rounded up families with their children inside this
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restaurant. it happened at the chuck e. cheese restaurant in newark just before 10:00 saturday night. three masked gunmen were involved. one points the gun to the head of a young employee who stays on the floor. they have several families with children, about 40 people in all. they forced everyone into a store room and emptied the cash register. not knowing if the gunmen were still inside the restaurant, the victims decided to call 9-1-1. by the time police arrived, those suspects were gone. >> my main concern is they robbed somewhere where there's children and the children could have been traumatized. >> no one was physically injured during the robbery but it is uns known if it will psychologically impact the children or adults involved. chuck e. cheese has reopened for business. the crime remains on their minds although they're trying to put on a brave face for customers. newark police detectives say
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they're working on the case with very few leads. they are not saying whether an outside surveillance captured a license plate number of the get-away car but they hope it generates leads from the public. theresa garcia, abc 7 news. >> antioch police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead outside a convenience store. it happened 9:00 last night on buchanan road. the victim was found outside a store parking lot. a second person outside the vehicle was not injured. police identified the victim as 21 year gregory levy. he was on foot at the time of the shooting and ran off. >> two more crime scene investigators are expected to testify today in day three of the hearing to determine whether seven suspects should stand trial in the richmond high school gang rape last year. yesterday a police officer testified that one of the teens accused of gang raping a 16-year-old girl claimed the victim was drunk and consented
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to having sex with them. the mother of the youngest defendant who was just 15 at the time says her son had known the victim for years. he's accused of luring her to the dimly lit section of campus where the rape occurred last october. >> all the other kids in their statements, they clearly had nothing to do with anything, you know. he left actually. when they started to do whatever they were doing, he left. >> the district attorney will call a total of 20 witnesses. the preliminary hearing will last through next week. >> san francisco police officials are considering a new policy that would prevent officers from shooting at moving vehicles just because a suspect is threatening to run them down. the san francisco examiner reports the plan it meant to prevent a car from rolling out of control after the driver has been shot. in june of 2006, officers shot and killed a suspected drug dealer trying to run the officers down. the vehicle continued traveling for 50 yards before crashing into a parked car. luckily no bystanders were hurt.
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police in boston and los angeles already changed their policy telling officers to get out of the way of vehicles rather than shoot at them. >> it is just about 4:35 now. oakland teachers have voted to authorize the union to call a strike. our media partner the oakland tribune reports no strike is imminent. the teacher's union president has left 15% of the 2800 members participated in the vote. in april dozens of teachers held a one-day strike after the oakland school board voted to impose a contract on the teachers union which did not include any changes to payer benefits. district officials say it is necessary to balance the budget and repay an emergency state loan it took out seven years ago. >> government elect jerry brown is back in sacramento after a brief vacation to learn about the $20 billion deficit facing the state when he takes off in january. he held a budget meeting in his attorney general's office instead of a downtown office
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space the finance department had arranged. brown supports governor. >> brown has a considerably smaller staff than the current governor. he is keeping costs down for his january 3rd inauguration. >> pelosi is expected to win her post with broad support from liberals but opposition from so-called blue dog democrats. house democrats met with pelosi yesterday the first time after the midterm election. after that meeting the congressional black caucus including barbara lee said it
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may not support her. two democrats who lost re-election bids are also asking pelosi to step aside. republicans will be in control of the house in the next session. they're expected to elevate john boehner of ohio to the post of speaker when the new congress convenes in january. harry reid will retain his post at majority leader and republican mitch mcconnell will stay on as minority leader. >> let's check on the weather. the majority of our days have been filled with sunshine lately. >> they have. still talking about rain? >> absolutely. probably friday night and especially waves of showers for saturday and sunday so plan b. type of weekend. good morning to you. we're wednesday, hump day. temperatures when you step out are even cooler than yesterday, 39 novato, 38 fairfield. a lot of 40s until you get to fremont, san francisco and los gatos. mid-50s here. these temperatures as you can guess are cooler than yesterday from 11 degrees in fairfield and
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antioch. 5 degrees cooler than yesterday in oakland, fremont, menlo park, 7 san francisco and novato about 9 degrees cooler. as we head through the afternoon hours, we'll start at 8:00 in the morning and show you how we're at sunshine and temperatures won't change. . noon plenty of sunshine, temperatures low to mid-60s abeing lo the coast into san francisco. then you start to mix in mid to upper 60s through the bay and inland neighborhoods. by 4:00 temperatures are pretty much the same they are at noon because the high actually happens 1:00 or 1:30. so low to mid-60s around the bay, upper 50s at the coast and mid to upper 60s our inland valleys. 7-day forecast, more cooling tomorrow. you'll notice the clouds on friday and the rain friday evening and then the waves of cold showers saturday and sunday. still looking at snow levels around 3500 feet. frances, you have an update? >> yeah, about that accident in san jose. it's on northbound 280 to southbound 17. so it is on the connector. apparently one of the cars may
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be overturned and it is blocking just the right lane. there aren't any big delays through the area but it's something to look out for if you're heading through san jose this morning. also a live shot of the bay bridge where it's looking great now in both directions. no delays. in fact, it's quiet on all of our bay area bridges and mass transit systems reporting no delays. eric, kristen. >> frances, thank you. it's 4:39. >> still ahead, heartbreaking stories of intolerance. south bay students share stories of bullying hoping to find a solution to growing problems. >> a young man trying to turn his life around becomes the sapphire preferred are worth 25% more on travel. we're like forget florida, we're going on a safari. so we're on the serengeti, and seth finds a really big bone. we're talking huge. they dig it up, put it in the natural history museum and we get to name it. raus. sethasauraus. really. your points from chase sapphire
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moving along and traffic is moving along okay. ing with take a look at traffic in the area. mike will give us a look at the weather forecast. that's all coming up. >> east bay faith leaders will announce a two-year grant to fight violence in oakland and rism mond. the $430,000 award is intended to help african american leaders to promost justice in the community, a day after a man was gunned down after he left a class at allen temple baptist church. a story tells abc 7 news he received several phone calls during the class from a woman asking him to come outside. when he finally did, police say he was shot by a gunman who jumped into a chrysler 300 driven by a woman. >> this morning there's a notion to do more to address rampant bullying in schools. teens spoke publicly about their
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personal experiences of being abused. >> to put notes on my locker calling me a whore, telling me i should go home, that's where i belong. >> one by one students shod up and shared their stories. 2010 bullying is verbal, physical and online. it's a nationwide epidemic where one in seven high schoolers consider suicide as an escape from bullying and brownnell's daughter is one of them. amanda was a junior in san jose in 2008. one month before her suicide attempt she got 3500 harassing text messages from classmates. this mother wants school districts to take bullying seriously and to take action. >> find out how they're really feeling. you survey the students, the teachers and their parents and then publish it. >> the nonprofit pact or people acting in community together is
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demanding the same. they gathered so that district and city leaders could hear firsthand accounts of the bullying currently going on in schools. >> how old were you when you started getting bullied. >> i was about eight. the year my mom died. >> many victims say they try to get help from school staffers. >> they don't really do anything. >> dr. rhonda farber is the superintendent of the district where amanda brown tried to commit suicide. she promises change will come. she is giving her and others on the panel five months to prove it. within those five months the panel promises to survey parents and students about bullying and measure just how bad it really is. research ways to stop it and implement a game plan. lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> coming up, more important news for young people getting tough with under-aged smoking. the bay area city where you may
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security official will get another grilling before congress. he'll have to explain the rational behind those controversial patdown searches that some passengers have to undergo. jenelle wang is here with more. >> yes. the senate wants to examine these new screening measures by the tsa, the transportation security administration, that started a few weeks ago. the hearing starts in a few hours. 81% of the passengers polled do not object to the screenings but enough people have complained it's drawing international attention. right now if you get pull aside for screening at airport security, you can choose the full body scan which some say is borderline x-rated or you can choose the patdown which is more intimate. they have the authority to church the area around your breasts and private parts. yesterday it i have verted into talk over the full-body patdown. the technique is invasive and demand changes.
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but if you deny this additional screening, you won't be flying. >> those security officers there are there to work with you, to insure that everybody on that flight is has been properly screened. everybody wants that assurance. >> i much rather go through a little uncomfortableness and know i'm going to be safe. >> stranger groping you basically. >> the san mateo district attorney's office is getting involved saying it will review complaints of these airport security patdowns and consider a charge of sexual battery. passengers are not happy with the other option either, the full body scan, which is quite reveals. one group has organized national opt out day on one of the busiest travel days of the year, the day before thanksgiving. it wants passengers to opt out of the full body scanner choice and choose the patdown which could actually make security lines even longer. the tsa is user scanners at 68 airports across the country now and plans to add more by the end of this year.
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>> criticism of a tsa tighter security is popping up culture movements. you can find t-shirts from a southern california man who told a tsa agent he'd have him arrested if he touched his junk during a patdown. then there's this. ♪ >> a berkeley man posted this song on joking about the tsa's tighter security. he writes song based on current events. this encourages people to join a movement to refuse intense screenings or stop flying all together. of course, you can see the fake twitter account with the fake articles promoting all sorts of interesting headlines there. >> yeah! interesting but this is a family show. we'll have to stop right there. >> yeah. >> and start with the weather forecast. >> needless to say it's on everyone's mind. so is the weather, mike.
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>> let's take a look. you may notice it's clear. high pressure still holding on at least as far as any rain or clouds. but it is continuing to move away from us and take the warmest weather with it. you will note the chill in the the air, maybe even the furnace kicked on last night. mount tamalpais, beautiful picture this morning. let's talk temperatures. we'll start with the coolest weather on this map, that would be fairfield at 38. notice a wealth of 40s until you get to fremont, oakland, san francisco and los gatos, low to mid-50s there. around the monterey bay and even into salinas, we have mid to upper 40s, gilroy the cool spot, 37. our highlights, it will be sunny today but the cooling trend continues. the first rain from our next weather system arrives friday evening and then we'll have waves of showers and they'll be cold showers. talking temperatures in the 50s this weekend. far cry from where we are today. upper 60s to low 70s in the east
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bay valleys. still above average. east bay shore, mid to upper 60s. fremont 69. south bay right around 70 to 71 degrees. on the peninsula, we'll have mid to upper 60s for your neighborhood. out to the coast cooler today, also half moon bay 60 but pacifica 58. 59 in the sunset. downtown south san francisco, sausalito in the mid-60s. mid to upper 60s to the north bay valleys until you get to cloverdale and ukiah 70. monterey bay, upper 60s to near 70. around the state today rather quiet. chico's going to cool to 67. holding low to mid-70s through the central valley and 79 palm springs. sunny and 57 in tahoe. tonight we'll have 38 in napa but notice more cloud cover returning that's going to keep our temperatures 50 in san francisco, mid to upper 40s for the rest of us. watching this high pressure slowly being shoved away. that's the one that's keeping the storm track to the north.
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with it slipping south, all this cold air coming over from siberia right across alaska into the gulf of alaska. the next 72 hours you see that cold front slowly making its way towards us by 5:00 friday evening. we'll have live rain break out and waves of showers over the weekend and a nice healthy snow up in the sierra. 7-day forecast, temperatures drop about 4 to 6 degrees tomorrow, again friday and again saturday. this system will hang out all weekend but by monday into tuesday we'll be cold but at least dry. frances, good morning. >> all right, mike. good morning. an accident in san jose. still possibly blocking a lane on the north 280 connector ramp to southbound 17. look out for that. they say it's only blocking the right lane. don't have the ramp closeds but the speed sensors shows 78, 69 mph hour.
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a new crash reported southbound 17 near the summit but this already off to the shoulder. as we take a look outside, what you'll find is a quiet ride. here's 680 walnut creek and everything flowing well southbound there. highway 24 at the top of your screen, a ten minute drive time to the caldecott. a live shot of 280 and 17 interchange where that accident has been reported. so you can see traffic still getting by even though we have a crash on one of the connection ramps. you can always get the latest though anytime by going to our website is the place to go and it's under the bay area traffic link. kristen? >> frances, thanks a lot. the patriarch of a cult-like family will not be released without supervision after all. he's expected to be paroled next monday. he went to prison for the dealt of one of his 13 children, a 19-month-old boy who starved. the state originally planned to have him out under a
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money-saving program that requires no supervision. the district attorney objected. >> we just wanna make sure when people come back out of the prison system to our communities that they're going -- the community's going to be safe. and that's what we have to watch for. we're going to have to be more careful knowing this release program is in place. >> he tells us he understands the state is trying to cut parole costs but public safety is more important. >> city leaders are considering an ordinance to make it tougher for underaged smokers to buy cigarettes even though it's already illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone under 18, there's hardly any enforcement at the state level. yesterday san jose began considering adopting its own rules in hopes of reducing underaged smoking and the health costs to go along with it. city tobacco ordinance would require nearly 900 san jose establishments to sell cigarettes to apply for a license and pay a fee in the
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$450 range. it will fund the additional inspectors needed to review applications and do inspections. >> they have the sticker but i just think it's important that we are represented here. >> you can do whatever you do but whatever laws you put in place, the kids that wanna smoke cigarettes are gonna get 'em. >> a proposed ordinance comes back to the san jose city council next month. >> the national park service thinks it's unravelled a millstry of last weekend's jellyfish invasion. more than 10,000 moon jellies came ashore saturday morning. marine biologists say it likely happened because of a large ocean swell combined with a surge in the jellyfish population. most of the creatures washed back out to sea by a high tide on sunday but a few hundred remain on the beach. the jellyfish pose no danger. not really seen. only the real extremely sensitive people can really feel anything. >> that's what they tell us. >> yeah. >> but i rather not walk through
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them. >> they're pretty. >> that's right. next on abc 7 news at 5:00, why ron dellums says he's leaving city hall before his term ends. >> a surveillance video shows suspects putting guns to children's heads as they target an east bay kids restaurant. >> state buildings hits a snag. the bay area lawsuit
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